Electrical license

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Posted by: from Milton
11/17/2012 at 11:28:50 PM

I was hoping to get some advice from the license electricians on this site. After being in the renovation business for over 15 years, mostly kitchen installs, I've decided to make a career change and become an electrician.

What are the steps to becoming a license electrician? Do I need to go to college?

There is an electrician school in Toronto that charges $7k for 3 months of classes that apparently gets you ready to be an apprentice... is this a necessary step?

I appreciate any advice.


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Date/Time11/22/2012 at 11:37:12 PM

Hi Leo

The "standard" approach is to find an Electrical Contractor (EC) that will take you on as an apprentice.

Apprenticeship is 9000 hours with three in-school sessions.

There are options to challenge the Certificate of Qualification (CofQ) exam, but you still need to have the hours prior to the challenge.

Good luck. I started in the the mid 80s and have never looked back.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Leo from Your Handyman in Milton
Date/Time11/25/2012 at 6:38:07 PM

Thanks John for taking the time to respond.

So just to clarify, step number one should be to find a a licence electrician willing to take me under their wing?... Are apprenticeships paid?

Thanks for your time.

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Jeff from Newson Interiors in Dunrobin
Date/Time12/5/2012 at 10:24:45 PM


Just to answer your last post, your salary/pay rate while working with your sponsoring electrician is negotiated by you. You are eligible for E.I. while taking your in class sessions. Be prepared to make less for a while, but the big picture payoff for having a red seal is worth it in the end.

Good luck.


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